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Next Door Brewing menu includes pate, burgers

Next Door Brewing menu includes pate, burgers

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews Next Door Brewing  

Similar to the nearby One Barrel Brewing, the recently opened Next Door Brewing, at 2439 Atwood Ave., is a perfect fit for the Atwood Neighborhood in which it resides. In this particular case, the restaurant and bar seems like it was designed for the hipsters and young families (yes, high chairs are available) who likely will frequent it.

Let's talk about the beer first.

Read more about the brew offerings, corn dog, burger, beef shank, fish and more at EatDrinkMadison.com.

Festival brings activities, crafts to Elver Park neighborhood

Festival brings activities, crafts to Elver Park neighborhood

Madison Parks is hosting the second annual Fall Festival Craft Fair Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Elver Park.

The free arts and crafts show will be held rain or shine at the park on McKenna Boulevard, according to a release.

"Last year Madison Parks introduced an arts and crafts show to our Fall Festival, and it was a big hit," Parks Superintendent Kevin Briski said in the release. "We are really excited to bring the Fall Festival Craft Fair back this year with talented crafters, food, music and fun activities for families."

The festival will have local artists, crafters, food vendors and live music by the Dang-Its, according to the release. Artists and crafters will be selling original, handmade pieces like pottery, jewelry, quilts, paintings and other decorative pieces.

Shop tweaks sandwich favorites

Shop tweaks sandwich favorites

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews Roast Public House  

The idea of a sandwich shop serving roasted meats certainly got my attention.

Located on State Street where BW3s used to be, and close to competitors Potbelly, Erbert & Gerbert's, Jimmy John's and Full of Bull (now closed), Roast Public House stands out for its unique sandwiches.

Take the Cajun BBQ Brisket ($9), for example. The Bell's Two Hearted-braised brisket was tender and oozing with flavor, and the meat is topped with cole slaw, something I always like to have on that type of sandwich.

Read more at EatDrinkMadison.com

Snow contributes to tree collection delay, city says

Snow contributes to tree collection delay, city says

Division collects 600 tons of trees, brush in Jan.          

The second round of Christmas tree collection in Madison has been delayed. 

The City of Madison said Wednesday that the Streets Division is running behind due to the amount of storm-damaged limbs being picked up along with the trees. The frequent snowfall and ice operations of the last two weeks have also contributed to the delay by tying up staff who usually work on tree collection, the division said in a news release.

"Our crews collected over 600 tons of Christmas trees and brush in January," Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said. "That is three times more than our average."

Dreckmann said the large amount of material has doubled the amount of time it usually takes the department to complete a first round of tree collection; four weeks instead of the usual two. 

Part of N. Mills St. closed for crane removal

Part of N. Mills St. closed for crane removal

City to shut down traffic at 100 block for 5 days    

A portion of North Mills Street is scheduled to be closed to traffic for five days beginning Monday to remove a construction crane, the city’s traffic engineering department said.

The crane removal will close the 100 block of North Mills between West Dayton Street and north of the Southwest Commuter Bike Path through Friday, according to a city news release.

A 150-foot tall crane that’s been stationed at the Charter Street Heating Plant for more than two years will be removed, city employee Phil Nehmer said.

Nehmer, program specialist with the city’s traffic engineering department, said the crane is scheduled to be removed by Feb. 8 but inclement weather could delay workers.

“The crane company said [work on the crane is] weather dependent, so if it’s too windy or too icy or if it’s raining or snowing, they’ll be working on the weekend,” Nehmer said.

‘Family Business of the Year Award’ seeks nominees across the state

 ‘Family Business of the Year Award’ seeks nominees across the state

Award celebrates impact of family biz on Wis. communities    

A state group that celebrates family-owned businesses is seeking nominations for the 2013 “Business of the Year” award, which is also the group’s 10th year sponsoring the program.

One family business will be selected for grand awards in categories including small (less than 50 employees), medium (50-99), and large (100 or more) companies. The organization said special awards will also be given to companies excelling in a particular area.

Created by Smith & Gesteland, a Middleton accounting and business consulting firm, the annual awards highlight the importance of family-owned businesses.

The deadline for nominations is April 13.

Fair trade market offers gifts with a story

Fair trade market offers gifts with a story

Holiday Festival sale takes place Saturday

Fair Trade goodies don’t include just coffee and chocolate anymore.

Organizers for Madison's 16th annual Fair Trade Holiday Festival said the gifts that will be available at the event Saturday are unique handicrafts that support a humanitarian cause.

The sale will feature more than 50 vendors with gifts made around the world and locally.

On behalf of the Festival, Rebecca Kendziorski from African Youth Outreach said the goods found at the Fair Trade festival come with a history. Gift givers who buy from the festival can share a story with their holiday presents, Kendziorski said.